The Sports Xchange
NEW YORK — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday, June 26 in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league. Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.
BOSTON—Chris Sale earned his 10th win, and Mitch Moreland delivered a solo homer and sacrifice fly to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first of four games between the contenders Monday night. The surprising Twins, who had their three-game winning streak stopped, came into the game a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, while the Red Sox were a percentage point behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Former Green Bay Packers star Ahman Green was charged with child abuse on Monday, June 26, after allegedly slapping his 15-year-old daughter and shoving her into a kitchen cabinet in a dispute over dirty dishes, according to court papers. Green, 40, was arrested at his home in a suburb of Green Bay and charged with physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct after a neighbor called police when the girl fled his home, police said in papers filed in Brown County Circuit Court.
ROGERS, Ark. — So Yeon Ryu of South Korea shot a 2-under-par 69 in her final round to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday at Rogers, Ark. Ryu, who shot a course-record 61 on Saturday to open a five-stroke lead entering the final round and finished two shots ahead of countrywoman Amy Yang and Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn. The world's third-ranked player, Ryu is projected to supplant No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn for the top spot when Monday's rankings are released. Ariya Jutanugarn did not compete in the event.
SONOMA, Calif.—California driver Kevin Harvick claimed his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in his home state Sunday by winning the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
CHICAGO—Center Skyler Brind'Amour and goaltender Cayden Primeau were among more than a dozen players with NHL bloodlines who were chosen on the second and final day of the draft Saturday afternoon. Brind'Amour is the son of Rod Brind'Amour, who tallied 1,184 points during a prolific career that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. The Edmonton Oilers selected the younger Brind'Amour with the 177th pick in the sixth round.
CLEVELAND—Jorge Polanco homered and Brian Dozier had three hits and two RBIs as the Minnesota Twins shut out the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Friday night at Progressive Field. Twins starter Adalberto Mejia (2-3) threw 104 pitches in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (6-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Mejia and relievers Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger combined on a four-hitter.
CHICAGO—The New Jersey Devils selected center Nico Hischier with the first pick of the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night. Hischier, an 18-year-old from Switzerland, racked up 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 57 games last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was named the league's rookie of the year.
The Los Angeles Kings on Friday, June 23, bought out the contract of defenseman Matt Greene, who was part of the team's two Stanley Cup victories. The 34-year-old Greene, a former University of North Dakota star, had one year remaining on his player contract. He played for the Kings in the past nine seasons. The buyout will result in a cap charge of approximately $833,333 for the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season.
CHICAGO — Finding an identity under coach Fred Hoiberg meant trading the face of the franchise for the Chicago Bulls. All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler was relocated to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, June 23 after more than a year of simmering trade talks involving Butler, who reunites with former coach Tom Thibodeau. "What we've done," Bulls vice president John Paxson said, "is set a direction. We've decided to make the change and rebuild this roster. We're going to do it with young players we believe can play a system Fred is comfortable with."